Day 10: Sleep

According to the author of Sleep Smarter, there are several ways to improve your sleep and overall health:

  1. Soak in some sun — Sunlight helps make melatonin, our sleepy hormone!
  2. Ditch the devices or upgrade your eyewear —  Try turning down your electronics an hour before bedtime. Exposure to blue light stimulates daytime hormones when we want those nighttime hormones kicking in.
  3. Implement a caffeine curfew  — I mean, this feels self-explanatory. 🤪 
  4. Be cool — Sleep is initiated with an automatic drop in core body temperature. If your room is too hot or too cold, you may not reach an ideal restful sleep. Aim for ~68 degrees.
  5. Get to bed at the right time — Achieve your most significant hormonal secretions and recovering when sleeping between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m.
  6. Use high quality magnesium – Magnesium is an anti-stress mineral that is also used up by our bodies a lot to complete 300 other important biological processes 🤓. For that reason, it tends to be used up a lot! Consider checking your magnesium levels. Decreasing your stress will increase your sleep quality.
  7. Black out – There are receptors on your skin that actually pick up light, so one way to instantly improve sleep is use some blackout curtains! 
  8. Create a sleep sanctuary – Refrain from making your room an entertainment center or a place where you do other miscellaneous activities. Your brain then will begin associating your bedroom as a place where you stay awake rather than the sleep-inducing sanctuary you’re aiming for.

Check out the rest of Shawn’s “21 Tips to Get the Best Sleep Ever” here.

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